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Eduardo Bartolomeo has labored at Vale for over a decade the place he beforehand held the place of Executive Director of Logistics and Integrated Operations and Bulk Commodities. He left the firm in 2012 taking CEO roles in the hospitality and transport sectors with BHG and NTS, earlier than returning to Vale in 2018 as its Executive Director of Basic Metals in Canada.

Bartolomeo was made Interim CEO in April 2019 following the tailings dam tragedy at Brumadinho earlier than completely succeeding Fabio Schvartsman as CEO of the world’s largest producer of nickel and iron ore.

Eduardo Bartolomeo

Eduardo Bartolomeo was born in Brazil in 1964. He studied at the Universidade Federal Fluminese in Rio de Janeiro earlier than taking his MBA at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Bartolomeo took up numerous Executive roles at Ambev between 1994 and 2003, the final of which was as the firm’s COO. He first joined Vale in 2004 as its Director of Logistics Operations earlier than progressing via numerous Executive roles to develop into Executive Director for Fertilizers & Coal.


Vale selected Bartolomeo to steer the firm via the most tough interval in its close to 80-year historical past in the wake of the Brumadinho tailings dam catastrophe in 2019.

On being made everlasting CEO in April 2019, Bartolomeo commented: “I’m dedicated to main Vale via the most difficult second in its historical past. We will work tirelessly to make sure the security of individuals and the firm’s operations. We will always remember Brumadinho and we are going to spare no effort in assuaging the struggling and repairing the losses of the impacted communities.” 

Operational Excellence

With a administration model that focuses on well being, security, effectivity, and productiveness, Bartolomeo applies the TQC (Total Quality Control Management) methodology, whose objective is to acquire outcomes via routine administration self-discipline.

Leading the Executive Board of Logistics Operations from 2007 to 2011, Bartolomeo developed the Vale Production System (VPS), which, along with funding in expertise {and professional} qualification, resulted in important positive factors for the firm, particularly for the logistics space. The goal of VPS was to construction a single administration system that might serve all enterprise areas of Vale supported by a tradition of operational excellence and engagement. Since its creation, the high quality and reliability of the Vitória-Minas (EFVM, Estrada de Ferro Vitória a Minas) and Carajás (EFC, Estrada de Ferro Carajás) railroad property have improved significantly. In 11 years, Vale’s railroads have develop into beacons of security and productiveness.


In 2018, in line with the statistical yearbook of the National Agency of Land Transport (ANTT, Agência Nacional de Transportes Terrestres), EFC was categorised as the most secure railroad in Brazil – the accident fee per million prepare/km dropped to 1.81, when in comparison with the 7.43 ranking in 2006. In addition, in line with this rating, EFVM holds the second place, whose fee per million prepare/km is 2.38 in comparison with 5.86 in 2006.

These wonderful outcomes beneath Bartolomeo’s administration are the results of the funding in expertise and folks. Regarding vitality effectivity (liter/tku), Vale’s railroads consumed 4 occasions lower than their Brazilian friends and half of the Class 1 corporations in the United States.

Vale’s locomotives are outfitted with on-board computer systems and different gear, equivalent to radio-frequency distributed traction and auxiliary locomotives, which additionally guarantee the effectivity of prepare productiveness.

Bartolomeo additionally led the mission to twin the Carajás railroad and increase Ponta da Madeira maritime terminal (TMPM, Terminal Marítimo de Ponta da Madeira), which allowed Vale to extend the manufacturing capability of the North System to 230 million tons of iron ore per 12 months.


Under Eduardo Bartolomeo’s administration, when heading up the Logistics Executive Department, the Tubarão port complicated achieved the annual cargo report of 100 million tons. Bartolomeo additionally developed Vale’s engineering coaching program and created the Center of Logistical Excellence with items in the states of Espírito Santo (Tubarão) and Maranhão (Ponta da Madeira) whose objective was to coach port and railroad professionals by utilizing prepare, vessel loaders and upkeep simulators. Bartolomeo additionally devised the Vale Railway engineering coaching program.

In December 2010, with the acquisition of SDCN (Sociedade de Desenvolvimento do Corredor do Norte SA), Bartolomeo structured the logistics essential to help Vale’s operations in Africa, which allowed the building of the Nacala hall and the outflow of coal manufacturing from the Moatize mine in Mozambique.


To study extra about the mining business in Brazil and its focus following the Brumadinho tragedy, learn our interview with Brazilian industry expert Jon Hill, Vice President, Geology & Exploration at Jaguar Mining.


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